EauMG’s April 2018 Empties

APril 2018 empties

I was not very good in April. I bought things I shouldn’t have. I ended up buying a Lancôme set from Nordstrom because it was a good deal. I like their mascaras and eye makeup remover. MAC had a sale on some limited edition collections. This sale contained 2 things that I have wanted but thought I missed out on. It was nice to see it back and half price! I also made an Ulta order mainly to get skincare for my husband since apparently he is incapable of repurchasing things on his own. In that order, I threw in an Alpha eye cream for myself and a TonyMoly foot mask. I also bought a Butter London Patent Shine Nail Lacquer in Her Majesty’s Red. It surprised me because it did kept a high shine for like 3 days. I’m pleased with this formula.

I buzzed/drunk bought drugstore stuff from Harmon Face Values. I got a hot pink lip liner from Wet n Wild (which is really good) and a few of their liquid lipsticks. Oops.

And it keeps going…I’m sorry. I’ve already told you that I was not good. It was too close to my birthday. I ended up buying Dior Prime & Correct to replace a color corrector. To get my birthday gift from Sephora, I also managed to get Fenty Match Stick in Chili Mango. I’ve really been into oranges lately.

I also forgot to tell you guys that I bought L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine in March. I’m obsessed with this formula and the shade, Dazzling Doe. The formula is incredibly flattering (no more flat, matte lips!). The shade works for me. It’s now one of my favorite “nudes”.

Now let’s move on to my empties. It was a lot so I apologize for this long post. If you have the patience, keep on reading:

April 2018 skincare empties


I emptied some HGs and rose-y stuff. My skin was so dry and dehydrated (and breaking out) in April. The weather was unpredictable. My stress level was through the roof. You’ll see a lot of stuff that deals with hydrating and brightening. I also didn’t use many sheet masks (I’ve been using the more economical Japanese style that are all in a pack together). 

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner – I use this between products or to spray over my makeup to make it look less flat. It smells like apricots and roses.

  • Repurchase? Yes. It’s a great value too.

Koelf Ruby Bulgarian Rose Hydro Gel Eye Patch – I’ve been into eye masks lately. I don’t really notice anything from these other than they feel cool/refreshing because they are a gel.

  • Repurchase? Probably not but this brand is rather affordable and I did *like* them.

Lalun Winter Rose Cleanser – This is an all-natural oil that doesn’t emulsify that is recommended for dry skin types. Very rich and I loved it for face massages.

  • Repurchase? No. I think it’s being reformulated/repackaged.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – One of my HGs. I use it like a splash in my routine. I like the liquid because of how it layers with everything I else I slather on my face.

  • Repurchase? Yes. I already have.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen – My OG favorite for the face. Review here. 

  • Repurchase? Yes.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum (deluxe sample) – This totally works in fading post-acne spots, but the added citrus oils for scent are totally unnecessary. However, with this sample, my skin did not react negatively.

  • Purchase? It’s expensive so I probably won’t unless I want to splurge. It did work for me though.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream (deluxe sample) – My dehydrated skin absolutely love this stuff. It hydrates and is weightless. Layers great with my other stuff, including sunscreen.

  • Purchase? Yes. I really think my skin will love this in the summer. I wish it were packaged in a tube/pump though.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer (travel size) – OK daily moisturizer. No clue if it brightens since that usually takes months to find out.

  • Purchase? No.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum (travel size) – Very light, smells like the South of France. I think it’d be a good serum for summer.

  • Purchase? Probably not but these stores are everywhere in NYC and I can’t resist.

Venn Age-Reversing All-In One Concentrate * (travel size) – Feels great if you like lightweight. Played nicely with my other stuff. However, it is not “all in one”. You’ll need sunscreen and a serum.

  • Purchase? No. I like it but it is $$$.

Révive Defense Renewal Serum (travel size) – It’s a little more “active” than I expected. I do think it helped to fade some post-acne marks but an Vitamin C does that for me.

  • Purchase? No, but I did like it.

Tarte Maracuja Oil (travel size) – Great oil but overpriced.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (travel size) – I use the Nip & Fab ones and have wanted to try these. They are more gentle and I like that.

  • Purchase? I may. They’re more expensive than the ones I use so maybe during a sale or something.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel (sample x 2) – No idea if it lives up to the claims since I only used it twice. My skin did peel the next day after using which I found odd because my skin can usually handle these things.

  • Purchase? idk

Avène Hydrance Optimale Riche Hydrating Cream (sample) – Basic and I love it.

  • Purchase? Yes, probably in the winter.

La Mer Soft Creme (sample) – Totally overpriced for what it is but I like it.

  • Purchase? No. I can’t stomach the price.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Intense Replenishing Hydration Serum (sample) – I used to use this back when I first got married. Smelling it brought back memories so now I want some. It feels good too. Another good one for summer.

  • Purchase? I probably will. I’m a sucker.

April 2018 fragrance empties


I ended up emptying winter-y candles when it felt winter-y outside. I even got a few full-sizes in here! And I emptied about 2 samples a week. 

Votivo Spiced Chai Candle * – This is the most unspring-y fragrance ever. But, it snowed in April! On those days, I ended up burning what was left of this spicy candle. As far as “winter” spice home fragrances go, this is one of my favorites. The throw is great too.

  • Purchase? Yes, but not any time soon. I’m soooo ready for anything that doesn’t remind me of winter. Screw winter.

Aura Cosmic Candle * – Smells like an orange creamsicle. Review.

  • Purchase? Yes.

DW Smoked Birchwood Candle – I was so curious about a wood wick so I bought this cheap candle with a light woodsy scent. I hate it. It smokes like crazy and the crackling sound it makes convinces me that my house is burning down. Wood wick candles are too anxiety inducing for me.

  • Repurchase? No.

Aera Fragrance Capsule in Indigo * – I promise I’ll review the Aera home fragrance system one of these days. This capsule smells like citrus/woods and reminds me of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Her. 

  • Purchase? I haven’t used all the scents, but I really love this one for the home.

Bath and Body Works Juniper Breeze Body Spray – I used this as a room spray because it smells just like a cleaning product. Review here.

  • Repurchase? Nope. Never. It’s gross.

Haus of Gloi Perfume Oil in Cozy Sweater – It’s nag champa with a lot of sweet vanilla. I have all sorts of expensive crap and this is the one the husband always compliments me on. Go figure.

  • Repurchase? Yeah. It’s the brand’s best seller and also my favorite from them.

LUSH 1000 Kisses Deep (travel spray) – An aggressive osmanthus. Review here.

  • Repurchase? No. I like it but I’m over it.

Perfume samples I would repurchase/purchase:

Comme des Garcons Artek x StandardReview

Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Fraîche Passiflore – I’m tempted. Probably won’t. But, it’s fun. Review.

Perfume samples I wouldn’t repurchase/purchase:

Roman Bejar Sanctum  – A goid”old church” incense. Review.

Chantecaille Vetyver  – Such a great vetiver. Review here.

Nasomatto Absinth – Another vetiver. Review.

DSH Perfumes Passport à Paris * – Old school coumarin/civet fougere.

By Kilian Beyond Love * – I love it but I have this base covered. Review.

Prada L’Eau Ambrée – I wore this for years. Adore it but need to move on. Review

April 2018 bath and body empties


How in the heck did I empty this many shower gels in one month? You’ll also notice that I took a lot of baths. I also was apparently into sticking bags on my hands and feet. 

Yves Rocher Vanille Noire Shower Gel – I love how the perfume smells and this was free with a purchase.

  • Purchase? Love the fragrance. Hated the packaging (which they’ve changed).

Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Polish in Original * – This really grew on me. It’s very nourishing and gentle; yet, effective. It smells like an orange cream pop (other scents are available too). Review.

  • Purchase? Maybe. I’m stocked on scrubs right now.

Madame Scodioli Smoke & Mirrors Soap – This smells clean in a dirty way (patchouli and rosemary).

  • Repurchase? Yes. I like this line.

Nivea Care & Hibiscus Moisturizing Body Wash – Sometimes I just want boring American corporate shower gels. And then I get super sick of them. It’s a light, soapy “almond floral”.

  • Repurchase? No. I’m so sick of this.

TonyMoly Changing U Foot Peeling Shoes – Out of all these “plastic bags of acid that will make your feet look like zombie necrosis” products on the market, I think TonyMoly’s is the strongest. My feet are now smooth.

  • Repurchase? Probably. One day.

Absolute New York Repair & Care Hand Mask in Tangerine – Gave these moisturizing hand bags a try. They do moisturize and they smell like tangerines.

  • Repurchase? Not a needed item but it did make my hands super soft.

Too Cool for School Lily & Jack On Jackson St Hand Cream – It’s k-beauty hand cream inspired by a kitty that lives in Brooklyn and smells like lilies. I had to buy it.

  • Repurchase? For moisture, it’s not great. But, I love the fragrance.

Kneipp Bath Oil in Pure Relaxation/Lemon Balm (single use) – Smells like it would repel mosquitoes like a dream. Shade is one of those unappealing yellow/oranges.

  • Repurchase? No. It’s just too “bug spray” for me. That’s lemon balm in general.

Kneipp Bath Oil in Beauty Secret/Argan & Marula (single use) – No color added to this one. It’s much more moisturizing/oily than the others in the line. Smells sort of like coconut and Moroccanoil.

  • Repurchase? I may, but I think I want it in the bubble bath.

Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt in Hugs & Kisses/Raspberry & Lingonberry (travel size) Smells like pomegranate juice and turns the water a pink-y red.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

Kneipp Bubbling Mineral Bath Salt in Unwind/Frangipani & Moringa (travel size) – I love the tropical floral scent. Not crazy about the yellow water shade.

  • Repurchase? Yes. This was a repurchase.

Kuumba Made Amber & Sandalwood Bath Salt * (travel size) – I love this brand’s oils. However, this was a really light scent of their woodsy amber.

  • Repurchase? No. I think you could make your own with their oils though.

April 2018 hair empties


For me, this was a good month of hair empties because I actually emptied something. 

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Penetrating Oil – I bought this because a 19 year old on Youtube told me to. I usually know much better than this. However, I’m glad I listened! My hair really liked this. It’s not a true oil, but neither is the much more expensive Moroccanoil.  It does what it says it will on me hair.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler (travel size) – I love how this lotion detangler feels/works but I love it’s fresh neroli scent even more. My only concern is that with all the citrus oils, I suspect it will fade color. FYI – I use it as leave-in and do not wash it out.

  • Purchase? Yes. I think I may risk the color fading.

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment (travel size) – So many of these sort of hair oils are lies. But, this one is actually rich enough for coarse hair. It actually smooths and nourishes. Scent is strong, like a patchouli-amber. But, I like it.

  • Purchase? Yes, a small bottle since it lasts a long time.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo & Conditioner (samples, 1 each) –  I haven’t used Bumble and Bumble in years and I remember why. It always makes my hair tangle and I don’t know why. This line did that to me too. My hair looked fine but it was tangled and kept getting tangled.

  • Purchase? No.

April 2018 makeup empties


It was a slow month for makeup empties. I did hit the pan on a few eyeshadows and feel very happy with myself. 

Shiseido Stick Foundation in Control Color – I never really understood these green color correctors until I started experiencing hormonal acne into my 30’s. I love this formula (powdery and blendable). The shade is best for light/pale complexions with redness.

  • Repurchase? Probably. It’s super hard to find now.

Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 (travel size) – I hate this stuff so much. It burns. It doesn’t work because there’s no way it provides enough coverage. It’s not even good for “supplemental” coverage.

  • Purchase? No way.

Total: 51. 20 full-size. 17 deluxe sample/travel size. 14 samples.

This sounds like a lot because it was. I didn’t empty that much in March and it all caught up with me in April.

What about you? Which products did you empty in April? Did you buy anything new?

Disclaimer – If there is a /*/ next to an item, it was provided by PR/the brand. All other items were purchased by me or are samples/gifts with purchase/subscription box products.

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12 thoughts on “EauMG’s April 2018 Empties

  1. Virtue hair products! Tried samples and then bought full sizes of the smooth shampoo and conditioner and the cream heat protectant stuff. My hair is naturally silver so it can be frizzy, these products leave my hair softer and silkier than its been since I was much younger. Highly recommend.

    1. THANK YOU! My hair is going through some things as I get grey-er and grey-er. It’s been difficult to find stuff that tames my frizzes and makes my hair feel soft. I’ve read a few reviews of Virtue since you’ve mentioned it and it sounds EXACTLY like what my hair needs. I’m going to try to empty the Pantene Age-Blah-Blah stuff I have in the shower right now and then buy the Virtue. I look forward to trying it.

  2. You used up so much stuff! I did too. I will probably have a couple of your same empties next month. I’m getting close to being done with my Andalou rose toner, and I got deluxe samples of the Bumble & Bumble shampoo and conditioner that I haven’t started using yet. Also, good reminder that I also do not like the wood wick candles. The crackling freaks me out too. I briefly considered buying one in April but thought better of it.

    I emptied:
    Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Tomato
    Leaders 7 Wonders Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask
    The Saem Natural Aloe Sheet Mask
    Ko Denmark Anti-Aging Avocado & Jojoba Face Serum
    Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream deluxe sample
    M. Micallef Vanille Aoud sample
    Lolita Lempicka sample
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir sample
    Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau sample
    Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint sample
    Jo Malone Sweet Lime and Cedar sample
    Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc sample
    Guerlain Jicky EDT decant
    By Kilian Amber Oud decant
    Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil decant
    Lush Sikkim Girls decant
    Hem Manipura (Solar) Chakra Incense Sticks
    DW Home Wild Honey Nectar candle
    Voluspa Prosecco Rose mini candle
    Weleda Evening Primrose Revitalizing Body Wash
    Olympic Orchids California Chocolate Soap
    Klar Lavender Bar Soap travel size
    Le Labo Rose 31 Body Lotion travel size
    Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasure Shampoo
    L’Oreal Colour Riche Plum Explosion Lipstick
    L’Oreal Colour Riche Blazing Lava Lipstick

    I traveled at the end of April and took a bunch of samples and decants so used some up that way. And a whole mini bar of soap.

    Loves: Leaders Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask, Ko Denmark serum, Lolita Lempicka (I have a bottle of one of the flankers and will buy the original once it’s gone), TF Eau de Soleil Blanc, Jicky, Amber Oud, Bergamote Soleil, Sikkim Girls (already have more of a couple of those), DW Wild Honey Nectar candle, and Garnier Honey Treasures shampoo.

    Hated: Clinique 7 day Scrub Cream – ugh it was so thick and felt like it left a film on my face.

    1. You emptied a lot too! FULL SIZE LIPSTICKS! I am impressed. I’m still going through my perfume samples. I realize I’ve wanted an orange blossom and should revisit some of my samples again before I buy a full-size. So, I dug some of those out for May.

      Leaders masks are my favorite. Right now I’m using those Japanese LuLuLun sheet masks that come all in one package. The fit is comical on my face. I like the formula alright but I’ll be going back to Leaders. Right now, fragrance-wise, I’m so into citrus, orange blossoms and honey. That seems to fit with many of your April loves. That Garnier line is impressive. I always forget about it but I always love it when I have it.

  3. Oh yeah, I bought stuff too:
    Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit
    5 pairs of shoes ugh
    Alba Botanica Midnight Tuberose Shower Gel and Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom Shower Gel (both huge bottles after I just complained about huge bottles lol)
    Couple DW Home candles and D.L. & Co. Smoked Birchwood candle
    ELdO Fat Electrician bottle and couple samples

    Can you tell I went to my frenemy store TJ Maxx?

    I also want to try the PTR Water Drench Hyaluronic line. I think I tried to buy the set when it was on sale at Sephora a few months ago, but it had already sold out.

    1. Sounds like you’re getting ready for summer 😉

      I love both of those shower gels but I wish they came in sizes half the size.

      I’m trying to get through candles before buying more. I like the Smoked Birchwood but not a fan of the wood wicks. The crackling makes me feel so anxious! I did see that they have that sent in the “regular” which I’d repurchase for the scent, just no more wood wicks.

      I like the Water Drench line. I wish the cream was in a pump instead. If it were, I would have bought it already. The serum, I’ve only tried in store, and it has a great texture too. I love products that hydrate without feeling super heavy. That line is the epitome of that.

      1. I’ll check back in on the D.L. & Co version of the Smoked Birchwood scent. It’s funny you emptied a DW Home one of the same name. I was obsessed with the D.L. as soon as I smelled it. This will be my first time trying one of their candles.

        1. Their other candles I’ve tried have been excellent. They have one that smells like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla. They have another one that smells like gardenias. I liked the scent of the Smoked Birchwood but just can not with that wood wick.

          I avoid all those HomeGoods, etc. stores because I can not go in there without coming out with 3 DL candles. And since I’m a candle no-buy this is bad news.

    1. I’m actually terrible and bathe twice a day. That’s why I empty so many soaps. For body moisturizers, I use something scented at night when I’m not testing a fragrance and then something unscented (like grapeseed oil) when I test fragrances.

      I love layering but there is really no strategy behind. I have a few posts started that I haven’t finished yet (that covers my favorite layering products). I should finish it! 🙂

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